The Search Committee for the Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator is excited to announce that we’ve offered the position to Sean Williams – whom many of you met during his visit here at the end of February – and he has gladly accepted!
Sean brings more than sixteen years of experience in youth ministry and a background in church consulting as well. Leading small groups, coordinating volunteers, and creating programming to celebrate and support a church’s mission are gifts of his.
Sean graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in Theology, and continues to learn and study in a variety of fields, including leadership, economics and theology. Sean has served churches in Boerne, Texas; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Nashville, Tennessee. This past year, his role has been Interim Youth Minister at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina, while his wife, Dr. Jennifer Williams, completes a one-year visiting assistant professorship in Hebrew Bible at Furman University.
Sean originally began looking at churches in our area, and found our “help wanted” announcement, because Jennifer is joining the Religious Studies faculty at Linfield College this fall.
References that the search committee Contacted, praised Sean’s skills in organizing and communicating, applauded his ability to create programs that balance fun and learning, and commended his habit of asking lots of big-picture questions. One pastor, describing a tough situation the church had been through just before Sean was hired, said, “There was a lot of parental and committee anxiety. When Sean came, the whole place just took a deep breath and relaxed.” Sean has experience continuing strong, established programs, building programs from scratch, and rebuilding programs that have struggled.
Sean and Jennifer and their son Parker, 6, and daughter Sybil, 3, will move to McMinnville this summer. When we know a definite date, we’ll announce a big party to welcome them! In the meantime, look in the next issue of Tidings for a letter from him. He’ll also make some appearances in worship via that big screen before he’s officially landed here.
Thank you – Search Team for finding Sean and his family! They are a welcomed addition to our church family!